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Punjab govt invites FICCI to build trade centre in Mohali


Chandigarh: Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal today invited industry chamber FICCI to build a convention-cum-trade centre in Mohali for which “adequate chunk” of land will be provided by the state. He also gave a call to the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) to become active partner of Punjab in industrial development.

Describing Punjab a most preferred investment destination, he informed the FICCI members that Punjab has sealed investments worth Rs 9,500 crore in less than one year. Badal also extended invitation to FICCI to host next National Executive Committee Meeting at Amritsar.

Revealing that negotiations for big investments with global leaders in Punjab were on advanced stage of completion, he announced that Punjab would host next Progressive Punjab Investment Summit on 28th and 29th October at Mohali. Delivering his keynote address during national executive committee meeting of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) here, Badal announced that Punjab would be the first state in the country by the end of this year to have the entire state, its departments and villages online.

The Deputy Chief Minister said with the effective implementation of e- governance, e-district and e-sarkar projects, the state was on the brink of providing all the citizen services through online mechanism. Badal said that his vision of making Punjab ‘online rather than inline’ was on the edge of completion so that people could avail more than 200 citizen centric services under one roof.

He said under this project more than 2,500 sewa Kendras were being set up in the state, which would become operational by July this year. Giving a clarion call to top industrial houses to invest in Punjab, he said that instead of being a landlocked and border state, it has been contributing more than 65 per cent food in the central food kitty for the last several decades.

Badal said that in short span of time, Punjab has secured new scales in industrial investment sector as more than 180 companies have approached under ‘Invest Punjab’ scheme with an investment of Rs 10,000 crore.

He said that world class infrastructure along with land banks has also been created to facilitate industry in the state. He appealed the members of FICCI that Punjab has fulfilled all the required amenities in the state including air connectivity, world class road network, 24X7 uninterrupted power besides constitution of Punjab Bureau of Investment Promotion (PBIP) to provide all clearances within 30 days.